Monday, June 27, 2011


Hmmm. The Supreme Court ruled that a California law banning the sale of violent video games to minors violates the First Amendment. Read this particular line of reasoning and see if you can guess why I find it fascinating.
The justices said governments did not have the authority to "restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed."
O RLY? Does anyone else hear this and immediately start the stopwatch for suits to be filed against Tennessee's "Don't Say Gay" law, or, closer to home, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal's ruling that the TUSD Mexican-American studies program illegally promotes ethnic solidarity and thus must be stopped immediately? How about local school districts that refuse to teach comprehensive sex ed?

On the other hand, does this seeming endorsement of exposure to unlimited ideas roll out the red carpet for creationists to mandate Intelligent Design for science curricula? Or will the Establishment Clause continue to have primacy over an unfettered universe of ideas? I think this has the potential to become way more interesting than maybe they expected.

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